Mad Alien Dub
Some call him a genius, others claim he's certifiably insane, a madman, but one thing cannot e disputed and that is Lee Perry is a towering figure in reggae - a producer, mixer, and songwriter who, along with King Tubby, helped shape the sound of dub and made reggae music such a powerful part of the pop music world. In terms of musical quality, you couldn't do much better than this collection. It's just about as good an encapsulation of the art of super-producer Lee "Scratch" Perry and his studio band, the Upsetters, as you'll find. Originally issued in the mid-seventies on the Creole label, this album finds Perry at the peak of his powers, taking classic songs as Ricky & Bunny's "Bush Weed Corn Trash" and subjecting them to the deconstructionist rigors of dub - the sound careening wwildly between the left and right channels, bass and drums dropping out suddenloy, leaving only guitar snippets of sung vocals, while Perry adds his own apocalyptic imprecations and off-the-wall witticisms on top. What makes these tracks so powerful is the juxtaposition of Perry's insane production approach with the Upsetters' utterly rock-solid grooves.